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Heat safety warnings issued as extreme heat hits Valley

6/22/16

NORTH VALLEY – This past weekend reached record temperatures, and with summer in full swing, residents are being warned to use caution during outdoor activities.

A woman was rescued from the Desert Vista Trailhead area in north Phoenix on Sunday after she became ill from the heat. The Phoenix Fire Department airlifted her to a local hospital; she passed away there. A hiker in the Superstition Mountains and two hikers in Pima County also passed away this weekend due to heat-related illness.

The National Weather Service reported that the high temp reached 118 degrees on Sunday, June 19, breaking the record of 115 degrees, set in 1968. Extreme heat warnings have been issued due to the heat wave. Summer officially arrived last Monday, and no break in the heat is predicted currently.

The Phoenix Fire Department cautions that during periods of excessive heat, it’s best to remain indoors.

If you do need to be outside in the elements, the Phoenix Fire Department offers guidelines for heat safety:

  • Drink more water than usual. Avoid drinks with sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Contact the Heat Relief Network as a resource.
  • Wear light colored clothing, wide-brimmed hats.
  • Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

 

Signs of heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke:

  • Headache, thirst, muscle cramps
  • Fast and weak or strong pulse
  • Nausea
  • Hot, red, dry skin
  • Dizziness or fainting

 

The Phoenix Fire Department emphasizes: Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars!

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is reminding pet owners to keep pets indoors as much as possible and make sure they have plenty of water at all times.

For more heat safety information, see www.maricopa.gov/publichealth/Programs/Heat.